Mideast Expert Says Hamas Behind Attacks

YERUSHALAYIM (Hamodia Staff) -

An Israeli expert on Mideast affairs has challenged the prevalent view that the string of terror attacks is comprised of “lone wolves,“ individuals acting on their own without direction from organized groups.

Dr. Guy Bechor of the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center contends that, in fact, Hamas is orchestrating the campaign, aimed at bringing down the PA in Yehudah and Shomron.

“These are not unrelated terror attacks… This is a struggle by Hamas to topple the PA and it’s sending out these people. You get a spate of a couple of attacks each day and it will carry on that way. Hamas is involved and financing is involved.

“These [incitement] clips about the attacks don’t just end up on the internet. Somebody is putting them there. There are sites that should be made illegal. Most of these sites are operating from Gaza. There is the Hizab al-Tahrir organization that should be made illegal.”

Bechor also criticized the Israeli media for whipping up hysteria, which gives the terrorists what they want.

“Clearly the media fuels it. It does not do it intentionally but because it is there. I’m against live broadcasts from the scene of a terror attack. We should do it the way it is done in the U.S., where broadcasts are always after the event. They report, but by sterilizing the psychological repercussions of the terror. Ultimately, terror is anxiety and that’s what they want to intensify it on a national level. One stabbing becomes millions of stabbings and even billions of stabbings.”